The Darnick Conservation Area incorporates the historic core of the settlement. Darnick was one of the villages of the halidom of Melrose Abbey and still retains a large tower of the 15th century.
The Conservation Village of Darnick is organic in nature and its buildings are arranged in informal groups providing constantly changing views to the Eildon Hills.
Whilst a number of conversions of farm buildings have taken place, these conversions have allowed the retention of much of the historic fabric within the Conservation Area.
Properties tend to be one and a half, two, and two and a half storeys in height and typically three bays in width.
A strong impact has been formed by a number of buildings within the Conservation Area fronting directly onto the main street, particularly some former farm buildings that are positioned gable-end to the road. Traditional building materials prevail within the Conservation Area, such as ochre and cream coloured sandstone and slate, as well as many architectural details, sash and case windows in a variety of pane formations, margins, rybats, sandstone lintels and quoins, dormers, and transom lights.
Other details that are commonly found are stone boundary walls and skews. It is recommended that any alterations or new development within the Conservation Area should have regard to these elements and so contribute to the retention of its character.
There are currently 14 listed properties within the Conservation Area including the category A Darnick Tower.
Designation, adoption and boundary information
Alterations to the Darnick Conservation Area boundary from that shown in the Ettrick and Lauderdale Local Plan 1995 consist of the inclusion of Aldie Cottage along Tower Road, the exclusions consist of the new properties to the south of the Conservation Area and 1 Fishers Lane. There are other small changes to the boundary however these are mere tidying of the boundary to follow elements on the ground.